UCF Music Department
Bob Thornton

Bob Thornton

  • Senior Instructor

robert.thornton@ucf.edu
407-823-3377
Campus Location: PACM231

Bob Thornton joined the music faculty in the spring of 2003 after moving to the Orlando area from Philadelphia. His responsibilities in the department include teaching music theory, music fundamentals, ear training, and sight singing. Thornton received degrees from the University of North Florida and Indiana University, graduating with honors from both. He was presented the Outstanding Scholar Award upon graduating from UNF.

Thornton performs regularly as a freelance jazz pianist in both solo and group formats. In 2002, he released a self-produced recording, Looking Back, Looking Forward, consisting entirely of original compositions and arrangements with his working trio from Philadelphia. In addition to performing, Thornton is a prolific composer and arranger of small group and large ensemble jazz.

Thornton studied with Dr. David Baker, Dr. Luke Gillespie, Kevin Bales, Dr. Bill Prince, and Don Zentz. Additionally, he has performed in master classes for Joe Lovano, Ellis Marsalis, John Scofield, and Ramsey Lewis, among many others. In 2000, he was invited to participate in the Steans Institute for Young Jazz Artists at Ravinia, where he studied with Rufus Reid and James Moody. In 2001, Thornton was selected as one of six national semifinalists in the American Jazz Piano Competition sponsored by the American Pianists Association.

Although Thornton's main interest is jazz and improvised music, he has a strong background in classical piano and pipe organ as well. He served as a church organist since the age of 13 and has won numerous awards and scholarships performing on both piano and organ.

Prior to joining UCF, Thornton held faculty positions at Lafayette College in Easton, PA and Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11002 MUT1004 Fundamentals of Music Ⅰ World Wide Web (W) Not Online
No Description Available
10635 MUT1122 Music Theory & Musicianship Ⅱ Video Strmng (V) COVID DL exmp Not Online
No Description Available
19814 MUT2127 Music Theory & Musicianship Ⅳ Video Strmng (V) COVID DL exmp Tu,Th 08:00 AM - 08:50 AM Not Online
No Description Available
19815 MUT2127 Music Theory & Musicianship Ⅳ Video Strmng (V) COVID DL exmp Tu,Th 09:00 AM - 09:50 AM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81268 MUT1004 Fundamentals of Music Ⅰ World Wide Web (W) Available
No Description Available
80864 MUT1121 Music Theory & Musicianship Ⅰ Video Strmng (V) COVID DL exmp Available
No Description Available
82054 MUT1121 Music Theory & Musicianship Ⅰ Video Strmng (V) COVID DL exmp Available
No Description Available
93323 MUT1121 Music Theory & Musicianship Ⅰ Video Strmng (V) COVID DL exmp Available
No Description Available
80978 MUT2126 Music Theory Musicianship Ⅲ Video Strmng (V) COVID DL exmp Tu,Th 09:00 AM - 09:50 AM Available
No Description Available
81145 MUT2126 Music Theory Musicianship Ⅲ Video Strmng (V) COVID DL exmp Tu,Th 08:00 AM - 08:50 AM Available
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50987 MUT1004 Fundamentals of Music Ⅰ World Wide Web (W) B Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
18037 MUT1004 Fundamentals of Music Ⅰ World Wide Web (W) Available
No Description Available
18120 MUT1121 Music Theory & Musicianship Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W,F 02:30 PM - 03:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
17462 MUT1122 Music Theory & Musicianship Ⅱ Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W,F 08:30 AM - 09:20 AM Available
No Description Available
19658 MUT1122 Music Theory & Musicianship Ⅱ Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W,F 09:30 AM - 10:20 AM Available
No Description Available
19656 MUT2127 Music Theory & Musicianship Ⅳ Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 08:00 AM - 08:50 AM Available
No Description Available
19657 MUT2127 Music Theory & Musicianship Ⅳ Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 09:00 AM - 09:50 AM Available
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
90129 MUT1004 Fundamentals of Music Ⅰ World Wide Web (W) Available
No Description Available
89672 MUT1121 Music Theory & Musicianship Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W,F 08:30 AM - 09:20 AM Available
No Description Available
92222 MUT1121 Music Theory & Musicianship Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W,F 09:30 AM - 10:20 AM Available
No Description Available
89793 MUT2126 Music Theory Musicianship Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 09:00 AM - 09:50 AM Available
No Description Available
89984 MUT2126 Music Theory Musicianship Ⅲ Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 08:00 AM - 08:50 AM Available
No Description Available

Updated: Aug 21, 2020

Music Department • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
Phone: 407-823-2869 Fax: 407-823-3378 • E-mail: ucfmusic@ucf.edu